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Leadville Police Department, Colorado

Officer

Martin Duggan

Leadville Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Sunday, April 10, 1887
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Reflections for Officer Martin Duggan

 

I have produced a full length video on the story of Martin Duggan and his days as Leadville's Marshal in the 1800's before he was murdered in 1888. He was an amazing man who was virtually fearless in bringing law and order to one of the roughest western towns in Colorado history. I was part of the Leadville Assembly who positioned the new grave marker for him at Riverside Cemetery and have always thought his courage deserved to be recognized in video format.

David Wright - private citizen
Colorado Historical Videos
January 15, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Duggan Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 26, 2012

I am glad to see that Mart Duggan's grave has been rediscovered and that he has been recognized for his service, not only to the town of Leadville, but the state of Colorado.

Mart, (as he was known when alive) was from the area in New York known as "five points", which was the scene of the infamous New York Draft Riots of 1863 also portrayed in the movie "The Gangs of New York". Unfortunately the movie left out as much history as it showed in this shameful chapter in New York's as well as U.S. history.

As a young 16 year old Irishman, he fled the poverty and violence of New York and found his way west working as a mule skinner and a teamster.

He came to light in leadville, working first as a bouncer and then as sheriff. As sheriff he twice backed down lynch mobs in the streets of Leadville.

The first mob of over 200 men, he stopped by himself, with two navy colts and a double-barrelled shot-gun. He is listed in several books as one of the twelve greatest gunfighters in the West that no one today knows about. He was movie-star brave and was nearly forgotten. Thank you all for remembering a real honest to God hero.

David Scown (civilian)
historical researcher
July 28, 2011

Officer Duggan - Two Fridays ago, I stood in the State Assembly hall when they voted on a motion in regards to next month's Peace Officers Memorial week. Your name was one of the almost 250 read off. Thank you for your service to the people of Leadville and the State of Colorado. You are not forgotten. May God Grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)
May 3, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 122nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
April 10, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH
May 1, 2008

OFFICER DUGGAN, REST ASSURED THAT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN IN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT FAMILY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. YOU HAVE SERVED WELL. A HERO FOR SURE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. GOD BLESS.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.
April 10, 2008

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003). Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend recently. Deputy Jeffery Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

I want to honor all of those who gave their life in the line of duty. Although your death was many many years ago, you are still a hero.

God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)
April 9, 2004

 
 

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